Bold Rejection of Dismissals Ordered by Javier Mille by Conicet Board of Directors

He Conicet directory (National Council for Scientific and Technical Research) issued a harsh statement in response to Casa Rosada's order to cut public jobs. “We request that all dismissed agents be reinstated,” they said in a statement after a meeting of its members this Wednesday.

The organization is led by a researcher and Argentina's greatest cloning expert, Daniel Salamowas appointed Javier Milein and It is composed of eight members nominated by researchers, universities, and the agricultural and industrial sectors.

“CONICET has 1,600 administrative and technical staff essential to the normal functioning of research careers, 12,150 members, support staff of 3,050 members and 10,900 people trained on doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in scientific and technological research tasks, which constitute the future of national science and federal development of the country,” the council said in a statement.

“These new dismissals are added to those already officially formed last January. Therefore, in addition to the current disclaimer, we request that all terminated agents be reinstated, given that their termination was due to neither hiring defects nor assignment inadequacy. performed,” the scientists emphasize. They refer to the expected limitation contracts ending on March 31.

On the other hand, they note: “The verbal receipt of a downsizing order based on an arbitrary percentage of staffing is inconsistent with a decision based on performance evaluations or standards of reasonableness and appropriateness of assignments.” which are carried out without having even the minimum formalities required by the state body for its management”.

Coniset's tough statement to reject layoffs in the state ordered by Javier Mille.Coniset's tough statement to reject layoffs in the state ordered by Javier Mille.

The statement was published on social networks by the former Minister of Science and Technology under Alberto Fernandez, Daniel Filmus. In addition to Salamone, there are four members representing researchers: social sciences and humanities (Mario Pecheni), biological and health sciences (Claudia Capurro), exact and natural sciences (Roberto Rivarola) and agricultural sciences, engineering and materials (Alberto Baruch).

Industry (Maria Laura Correa) and Agriculture (Manuel García Sola) also participate through the scientific and technological organizations from the provinces and the city of Buenos Aires (Luz Lardone) and the Council of Universities (Jorge Aliaga).

The regional scientific and technological directors of Conicet spoke in the same sense. They assured that the reductions hinder the “normal functioning of the scientific system” and included them in the “current adjustment policy of the state”.

It comes after state unions warned of a possible notice next Tuesday, the 26th, to end 30% of the national state government's temporary plant, which employs about 70,000 workers.

Full statement from Conicet

The Board of Directors of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) in its extraordinary meeting on March 20, 2024 expresses its complete rejection of the decision to limit the renewal of contracts for administrative and technical staff of the institution.

CONICET has 1,600 administrative and technical staff essential to the normal functioning of research careers with 12,150 members; Support staff: 3,050 members; and 10,900 people who are trained with doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in scientific and technological research tasks that form the future of national science and the federal development of the country.

These hired administrative and technical staff, highly specialized and trained, have worked for years at CONICET, supporting the planning, monitoring and evaluation processes of research activities and enabling the operation of more than 300 institutes and scientific and technological centers established are throughout the national territory.

These new cuts are in addition to those already formalized last January. Therefore, in addition to the current denial, we request that all dismissed agents be reinstated, given that their dismissal is not due to hiring defects, nor to inadequacies in the tasks they performed.

Also, we express our concern regarding the lack of certainty regarding the formalization of CIC 2022 entries and CIC promotion as well as Support Staff competitions. We also want to state that we are convinced that changing the size of the designated scholarships, their starting dates or renewal conditions, changing the grounds of the already justified calls will have very negative consequences that will last for years, taking into account the time required to train scientific and technological personnel; , harming the possibilities of national development.

CONICET has a strategic plan for the period 2022-2025 and must manage its activities according to Law 25467 “SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION”, Law No. 27614 on financing the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation and Law “27,738”. Science, Technology and Innovation Program 2030″, It is within this legal framework that we must fulfill our responsibilities.

Verbally receiving an order to reduce staff based on an arbitrary percentage of staff is inconsistent with a decision based on performance appraisal or standards of reasonableness and appropriateness of the tasks to be performed, and lacks the minimum formality required by a government agency. for his administration,

Leaving CONICET without the necessary administrative and technical staff means paralyzing it and endangering the activity of a central actor in the national scientific and technological system, just when it has once again been recognized as the best public scientific institution in Latin America. among many other international recognitions.

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